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Community Calendar

Heartland Band plays at the Carson Community Building on Saturday nights, 7 to 9 p.m. No admission is charged. The band plays country, bluegrass, gospel. Pickers and singers are welcome to attend.

This year’s Macon County Fair will be held Sept. 16-19. The theme is “A Wealth of Tradition.” The Fair Association is offering the opportunity to construct an educational booth using this theme, to better acquaint the public with your organization. Booths must be constructed on Monday, Sept. 14 (one day only), between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., on Monday, to be eligible for judging. To get an application, call the Macon County Extension Office at (828)349-2046 or go to the office at 193 Thomas Heights Rd.

Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin will meet on Thursday, Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m., at the Robert Carpenter Community Building on 441S. The program on the gem stones of Africa will be presented by Kim Cochrane of Atlanta. Guests are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

Take a Trip on the Transit Bus to the Asheville Art Museum with a stop at the WNC Farmers Market after lunch on Thursday, Aug. 27. For more information, call (828)349-2058 or stop by the Senior Services at 108 Wayah St., next to the Chamber of Commerce, to sign up.

New to Medicare Planning Your Drive Toward 65 and New to Medicare Due to Disability a free presentation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2 p.m., at the Macon Senior Services in the Crawford Building, 108 Wayah St. Several months before becoming eligible for Medicare individuals should begin learning more about Medicare options. The program is presented by Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). For more information, call Karen Wisman at (828)349-2059.

Free Talk: Learn how to give your child the best defense to today’s harmful diseases without the use of vaccines Homeoprophylaxis (HP)-find out what HP is and how it works. The meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 27, 5 p.m. at Acupuncture, Inc., 520 E. Main St., Ste. A. For more information and to R.S.V.P., call (828)332-0259; visit www.onahealingmission.com

Open Door Center for Spiritual Living Series of Health Talks will be held on Aug. 27. Dr. Potter will talk about “The Brain” and all the various ways to keep it young and maintain cognitive health. On Sept. 24, Dr. Potter will talk about Heart Health. The talks are held at 7 p.m., at Coggins Office Park, 114 W. Hemlock Street in Dillsboro.

Tuckaseigee River Chapter #373 of Trout Unlimited will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 6:30 p.m., at the United Community Bank 1640 E. Main Street in Sylva. Dinner is at 6:30 for a small fee followed by a chance to win a new fly rod. This is an open agenda meeting to discuss summer fishing adventures and future plans for the club.

Senior Center Travelog D.V.D. on History Channel’s Deeper Insight of World War II part one will be shown on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1 p.m. in the large conference room. The senior center is located at 108 Wayah St.

Friends of the Scottish Tartan Museum will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 6 p.m., at Grace Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Topics will include the October Open meeting, By Laws, and Taste of Scotland.

Western Mountain Reading Council will meet Thursday, Sept. 3, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Franklin High School Library for business and book share. Bring your favorite books you’ve read this summer to discuss. Members can include educators, student interns, retired teachers, administrators, substitutes, community members, and any others interested in promoting literacy and encouraging a lifelong love of reading. Annual membership fee applies. Door prizes will be given away and snacks provided. http://maconwmrc.weebly.com/

Family Nights are back at the Jackson County Public Library Starting Thursday, Sept. 3, from 6 to 7 p.m., the library is hosting Olaf's End of Summer Celebration. Come and enjoy snacks, crafts, and a Minute to Win it Snowman Stacking Competition. For more information, call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at (828)586-2016.

Weekly Grief Support Group in Franklin meets on Thursday, 12:30 to 2 p.m., at the Hospice House of Franklin, 272 Maple St.For more information, call (828)692-6178 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Family Support Group for those with Family Members, Friends, or Loved Ones Living with the Challenge of Mental Illness meets the first Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church, 4668 Old Murphy Road, Franklin. This group is sponsored by the local affiliate of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). For more information, call Ann (828)369-7385.

Senior Services Center Caregiver Support Group will be held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 3 p.m. Education and support for caregivers of all loved ones. Historic Rickman Store is open Saturdays 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Located on Cowee Creek Rd. Stop by for a tour of the store, refreshments, and possibly listen to local musicians in the afternoon. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Cowee Farmers Market is looking for a volunteer to work on publicity for the market. They would like someone to join them who knows how to post things on social media, write press releases and encourage local papers to use them, spread more posters around town, make sure road signs are up each week and represent them or recruit representation at community events. The market meets every Tuesday from 3:30 until 6:30.

Learn how to make greeting cards at the Macon County Senior Services Center Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Stamp, punch, paste and glue to your hearts content. For more information, call (828)349-2058.

Al-Anon is a Fellowship of Relatives and Friends of Alcoholics who believe their lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Al-Anon meets at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin on Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Weekly Grief Support Group Meets on Thursdays 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Hospice House of Franklin, 272 Maple St.

Gem City Forum Toastmasters will hold its weekly meeting on Tuesday, starting promptly at 5:30 p.m. in the Drake Education Center on the corner of 210 Phillips St. and Carolina Mountain Rd. in Franklin. Guests are always welcome to learn how Toastmasters Clubs develop leadership and speaking abilities, and increase communication skills. Gem City Forum Toastmasters Club serves WNC, West of Asheville, and NE Georgia. See us on the web at: http://gemcityforum.org/wpblog/

Southwestern Officials Association is seeking applications in football and basketball for officials on the middle school, junior varsity and varsity levels from the upcoming school year across Western North Carolina. Experience is preferred but not required. Individuals must be at least 18 years of age. For more information, contact Curtis Lambert, Regional Supervisor of Officials, P.O. Box 66, Dillsboro, NC 28725, (828)226-0061 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

New Free Zumba Dance Classes at Legacy Fitness is held on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. Introduction to Zumba, and Sundays at 12 noon, Zumba Dance Practice. For more information, call (828)342-2498.

Line Dance Classes are held at the Robert Carpenter Community Building Monday, beginners, 6 to 7 p.m., Intermediate 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, beginners 10 to 11 a.m., intermediate 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Mindfulness Meditation Practice, in the Buddhist tradition, the first Saturday of every month at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cullowhee, led by its priest, Michael Hudson. Learn about mindfulness and practice the art of meditation, mindful living, spiritual formation. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. If interested or have questions, email Michael at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Volleyball officials needed for middle school and high school. No experience required, will train. Some travel required. For more information, contact Alton Sutton at (828)342-1997.

Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Centers in Cullowhee and Franklin have an educational parenting program to earn “points” to use to obtain free items for your family. The centers carry baby items and clothing up to 5T, as well as diapers, wipes, strollers, high chairs, pack n’ plays, etc. Donations are always welcome. Services are free and confidential. Call (828)349-3200.

Macon County Poultry Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Macon County Cooperative extension office in Franklin. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information call (828)369-3916.

Franklin Men’s Golfing Association plays at the Franklin Golf Course every Thursday morning. New members are welcome. Call Michael McSwain at (828)369-2421 for more information.

Appalachian Animal Rescue Center is looking for volunteers to help at the thrift store. Call (828)369-3046 for information about the store or the shelter at (828)524-4588 if you are interested in volunteering.

Campers RV Camping club, The Vagabonds are seeking additional members for the 2015 season. The group camps one weekend per month, April thru November, usually within 100 miles from Franklin. All ages are welcome. No dues, no structured activities, just an enjoyment of the outdoors, fellowship, good conversation, pot luck dinners and a roaring campfire. Contact Lillian for more details: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828)369-6669.

Free Kidney Smart Classes are being held on the third Thursday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m., at the Angel Medical Center, Video Conference Room, third floor, 120 Riverview Street. Contact Majestic Rogers, RN (828)369-9474 or register online at DaVita.com/Kidney Smart.

Women volleyball players wanted (18 years and older) for Thursday night league, rec. park gym. For more information, call Gloria Thun (828)369-5901.

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